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4131 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037

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(323) 846-7300
(323) 232-0837
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June 03, 2013
My son attended Manual for 2 years, and that was enough. The school is not terrible, but there is an attitude among the teachers that since this is a ghetto school they should be able to do whatever they want. There is no leadership from the administration and teachers run their classes however they see fit. Mr. Channel, who is mentioned elsewhere here, has a rule that if a student is absent even one day, with or without an excuse, they fail the course. My son was sick one day (with a doctors note!) and failed the class, even though he had all A's. Channel also designates certain pretty girls to be his "helper teachers", and these students get special privileges. Other teachers do much the same, favoring some students, enforcing bizarre rules, etc. We went as far as the school board to protest this, but the attitude seems to be "well , those teachers work in a tough school so we let them alone". At least we didn't have to worry about "teaching to the test". Nobody in this school seems worried about how their students do, long term or short term. I come from a family of educators and I have never experienced a school like this.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2012
Although I am not 100% on board with the structural changes taking place at Manual Arts, I have met the principal at a community function and he seems to be making a serious commitment to this school which I applaud.

- submitted by a community member

June 28, 2011
i am currently a freshman at mahs nd its is a good school the staff isnt topnotch but if you do fond a good teacher it will help you. i am in NAI (USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative) and i feel it is really helping me get through all dillemas at school because it helps me to achieve higher.

- submitted by a student

March 22, 2011
Thank G-d I never went to Manual Arts Senior High School. I would hate to be associated with them. Irma Suarez Montes de Oca class of 1986

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March 06, 2010
This school just needs to work on it's students more and more discipline for the students.

- submitted by a parent
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January 07, 2010
Well, I'm a current sophmore/junior at Manual Arts High School. The reason that I am in between is because I'm trying to graduate early, not because I hate Manual Arts, but because I know I will enjoy college more. Anyways, thanks to the staff, especially Mr. Keith, my dream of going to NYU seems really possible. The staff in general is horrible and relucant to help but when you find a good teacher, man what a teacher. If you want your kid to go to Manual Arts, put him/her in these programs, first of all A track, Magnet Program, and AOF (Academy of Finance).

- submitted by a student
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October 26, 2009
I attended Manual arts high school for four years of my life from 2005-2009 and they were the greatest years ever! My first two years i did feel cheated from my education, but after my first two years i entered a track with the magnet program and the academy of finance!!! the best programs in the whole school, but out of all of this i believe that the Academic Decathlon team is what truly got me ready for college! you studied college level reading and writing Mr. Channel is one of the best teachers in the whole school and does not kid around he is a serious professor. As for the Academy of Finance the same can be said you take accounting with Mr. Andereck. Not the best school but it is an awesome choice for experience!!!

- submitted by a student

February 15, 2009
this school is decent. Its my second year here and my experience have been great. The best advice would be to joing the magnet program or come into manual throught the NAI program,( an excellent program).Manual's academy of finance is amazing as well. If you want to learn about chemistry and biology i would suggest you take Mr. Channel's class; he makes his class college-level. He also coaches the academic decathlon team which so far is doing alright. Overall you decide whether your experience here is at a desirable level.

- submitted by a student

August 07, 2008
I attended Manual Arts from 2003 till 2007. I did end up going to a college, a UC, but once I got to college and saw my competition, I knew right away that I was in trouble. There are some good programs within the school, like Academy of Finance, Magnet Program, AP courses, and a couple more programs. The problem with the school is the lack of effort that many teachers have when it comes to teaching. Out of the four years that I was there I had only three classes that challenged me, they weren't rigorous, but they did make me work for what I earned. All I have to say this is an decent choice for a school, but there are better schools students can attend. The staff didn't really respect us, they treated us all like children, even making the average student feel dumber than they actually were.

- submitted by a student
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May 12, 2008
I am a senior at Manual Arts H.S. Magnet program. In the fall I will be attending USC. All through my 4 years in this school i felt cheated... teachers are fairly easy and academics are a joke. There are some good programs that some schools do not have. If you attend, make sure that you enroll in the magnet, be part of as many extr. curriculum activities as possible. You will not receive a quality education so it is better if your prepare yourself.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2008
im a freshman at manual arts H.S. im in the Magnet program, let me tell u i've gotten in trouble and they take it seriously.My advice to you magnet program peoples out their is to actually prepare for college because its very important. the teachers there care. they worry about my grade sure a couple are screwed but we have to go through those experiences to prepare for college.

- submitted by a student

July 18, 2007
This school is great it has so much school spirt as well... And pretty good academic...

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2007
I was in the magnet program at this school and everyone seemed to care alot as for the other students, no one seemed to pay attention to them

- submitted by a student

November 16, 2006
I was a student at Manual Arts, right now I'm in UC Berkeley. To be sincere Manual just has like 15 good teachers in the whole school. There are many Extrac. Activ. But they don't let the students know about them, if you care you have to look for them. Academic programs? AP classes, out of all the AP classes I took, just 3 of them made me work, the rest of them were another break for me. It's just crazy! and parents? It is really hard to see somebody who cares!

- submitted by a student

April 27, 2006
When I attended manual it was a great school and teachers were very involved with students. Plus it was a clifornia distinguish school

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2005
This school had a few sport teams, and after-school programs. But for P.E. classes they were always about exercise or running around the track. They did not have special programs in place for P.E. ie. ballet, dancing, etc. They did have afterschool programs, and there was good security in the school. The science classes were normal classes, they did not seem to be advanced classes. They did have a program were they would prepare the students for college.

- submitted by a student

August 25, 2005
The teachers do not show much participation in making sure that the students receive the education that they deserve and the safety is non existent with many students getting into fights or pressured to do things that they would not normaly do. I haven't heard much from the principal regarding securing the safety of the students or assuring that they receive the best possible education, this just seems like the dumping ground for those kids with no goals and there are no motivation from the school staff to get these kids to become goal oriented.

- submitted by a parent

February 02, 2005
This School is in a very bad neighborhood and it's tough on the kids. The teachers don't try hard enough to motivate the students to do their best.

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January 17, 2005
Manual Arts is pre-judged as a 'ghetto' school with low test scoring students, but it is not. Overall the students are challenges and achieve their goals, by getting accepted to the best colleges, we have a variety of academic programs to choose from and we are one of the best known schools in our district for our competitive clubs or teams including but not limited to basketball, soccer, volleyball, academic decathlon and academy of finance.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2004
I have much honor for Manual Arts. As a Graduate I believe that this school gave me many opportunities to successed in life. I send thanx to the staff at Manual Arts.

- submitted by a student

May 25, 2004
I enrolled my daughter in this school in 1986 against others' advise. It turned out to be the best school for her because of the opportunies it offered. She was involved in dance, music, and drill team. She was not in the magnet program but she did take college prep classes. She got her first summer job through the school's clerical training program. She had great teachers who served as role models. She also had good friends who were not involved in any wrong doings. Her counselor assisted her in completing a college application and she was sent to San Diego State University. Eventually she came back to complete her Bachelor's degree at Cal State Los Angeles and now has a good job with the State of California. Thank you Manual Arts High School!

- submitted by a parent

December 23, 2003
Manual Arts has some wonderfully dedicated teachers who care deeply and passionately about their students. Both the Magnet and the Neighborhood Academic Initative Program offer excellent preparation for college.

- submitted by a teacher
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Manual Arts Senior High School
4131 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90037
(323) 846-7300
Last modified Manual Arts Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Manual Arts Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top